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Thursday, September 19, 2013
Don't read anything into visit from owner

By David Newton

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson doesn't come to practice often, but when he does it's a welcome sight for players and coaches.

Thursday was no different as Richardson roamed the practice fields in his golf cart, stopping to visit with coach Ron Rivera, general manager Dave Gettleman and players.

"It's uplifting,'' said Rivera, whose team is 0-2. "It shows the players that he cares, that he has a genuine concern for us and who we are as a football team. He did it last year several times. This is nothing new, and it's always good to have him out. For the players, it's a good thing because they know he cares beyond [that] they're on the team.''

Don't read too much into the visit with speculation Rivera could be ousted during the upcoming bye week if the Panthers fall to 0-3 on Sunday against the winless New York Giants.

Richardson appeared in a really good mood despite his franchise's struggles, stopping to crack a joke with me about returning to cover the team after a seven-year hiatus.

Meanwhile, Rivera wouldn't even discuss speculation about his status.

"I'm not going there,'' he said. "I have no concern about that. We play the Giants this week.''